What is covered in the solicitor’s fees?

Solicitor’s fees cover all the legal parts of the transaction as well as any disbursements. A disbursement is where a payment must be paid to a third party to carry out certain checks. The fees are paid direct to the solicitor who then passes it on to the relevant party.

When it comes to buying a house, the list of disbursements can be higher that when you are selling a house. You would expect to pay a base charge to the solicitors which is paid either as a set fee or an hourly and can vary dependant on how much work they are taking on for you. On top of the standard solicitor fees there will be some additional fees for third party payments that are handled by the solicitor, therefore you should always discuss this with them and be transparent to ensure they give you the best service and outcome.

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